Undergraduate Experience

on the left Political Science Student sitting in class and on the right sitting at a round table

The Ohio State University Department of Political Science studies governments, public policies, and political processes, systems, and behaviors. Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Strategies of war and peace? Political theories of freedom? Gun control, immigration, the environment, civil rights? If so, you belong in political science, where you will learn to think critically and acquire the skills necessary to be successful in our increasingly globalized world.

The Department of Political Science at Ohio State has programmatic strength in all of the main fields of the discipline. We offer three undergraduate degrees – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and Bachelor of Arts in World Politics – as well as eight minor areas. The most recent rankings from U.S. News & World Report rated Ohio State as one of the top programs in the nation, with the specialized areas of American Politics ranked 10th, International Politics 8th, and Political Methodology 10th. The 2014 Ivory Tower survey - a survey of more than 1,500 top scholars - also named our program one of the top 25 undergraduate programs in the country for international relations. In addition, we offer extensive opportunities for training in research methods and statistics, longstanding strength in judicial politics and political psychology, a new program in political economy, and a developing presence in formal theory and political philosophy.

Students in our department have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned leaders in the field. Our faculty is made up of prominent senior scholars whose work sets the pace for their various fields of inquiry, as well as promising junior scholars recruited from the best graduate programs in the nation. They are all known for their excellence in undergraduate teaching and research advising.

In the Department of Political Science, learning extends far beyond the classroom. Our students have the opportunity to conduct innovative research in our state-of-the-art facilities, attend lectures given by world-renowned thinkers and policymakers at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, learn about international politics firsthand by studying abroad, complete an internship at the State capitol or in their other areas of interests, or get involved in one of our student clubs.

In short, the Department of Political Science at Ohio State combines the prestige of one of nation’s finest political science departments with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. For additional information check out the  Department's snapshot [pdf] and explore the links to the right. 


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